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23rd January 2020
Employment & Immigration Human Rights

Commission pushes for ratification of International Convention on Elimination of Violence and Harassment at work

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council Decision so that Member States can ratify the International Convention on Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work at the national level (the EU is not a member of the International Labour Organisation and cannot do so itself).

So far it appears that only Uruguay has ratified the Convention.

Adopted in June 2019, this is the first international instrument to define harassment and violence in this context (which it does broadly), and set global standards on work-related harassment and violence. It recognises that violence and harassment at work can be a human rights violation or abuse, posing a threat to equal opportunities. It sets out measures that governments can make to prevent gender-related harassment and violence. The scope extends widely, including understanding that harassment and violence can transcend the physical workplace, including protection from third parties such as clients, and including job seekers and those who have lost their jobs in the categories of protected persons.

For more information, read the Commission’s press release here.

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